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European Media provides a clear, concise account of the structures, dynamics and realities of the changing face of media in Europe. It offers a timely and illuminating appraisal of the issues surrounding the development of new media in Europe and explores debates about the role of the media in the formation of a European public sphere and a European identity.

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European Media

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Overview

European Media provides a clear, concise account of the structures, dynamics and realities of the changing face of media in Europe. It offers a timely and illuminating appraisal of the issues surrounding the development of new media in Europe and explores debates about the role of the media in the formation of a European public sphere and a European identity.

The book argues that Europe offers an ideal context for examining interactions between global, regional and national media processes and its individual chapters consider: the changing structure of the European media; the development of new media; the Europeanization of the media in the region; the challenges for the content; and audiences. Special emphasis is given to the transformation of political communication in Europe and the alleged emergence of a European public sphere and identity.

European Media: Structures, Politics and Identity is an invaluable text for courses on media and international studies as well as courses dealing with European and national policy studies. It is also helpful to students, researchers and professionals in the media sector since it combines hard facts with theoretical insight.
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Editorial Reviews

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'An excellent overview and reference on some of the big shifts thatcharacterise the evolving media scene in Europe.'
LSEReview of Books

'A useful pan-European view of how the processes of globalism, theintegration of member states and the rapid development of newtechnology impact on the EU's intentions in all aspects ofcommunication.'
Media International Australia

'Commendable for its breadth and wealth of information. Fulfillingtheir laudable and ambitious aim to provide a synthesis of thedevelopment of the European media, a European public sphere andEuropean identity, the authors offer a succinct historical accountof the structures and dynamics of the media in Europe and anexcellent overview of debates and academic research on theemergence of a European public sphere and European identity.'
European Journal of Communication

'Throughout the book the authors skilfully synthesize themain policy developments, supporting facts and figures drawn frommarket research, and audience research data, with relevant andup-to-date academic literature. Unlike some examinations of the EU,the book gives an objective account without making any ideologicalassumptions about the extent to which the EU and its involvement inthe media and communications industries is a good or badthing.'
Journalism Practice

'By focusing on the EU as a complex, transnational politicalentity, the authors go a step beyond the current state of theresearch on this topic. Indeed, their work signals whether, in thefuture, it would be adequate to analyze any national media systemwithout taking the EU framework into account.'
Television and New Media

'This book is about the important challenge that facesEuropean citizens today: Is a process of Europeanization possible? Do European media exist? More precisely, can they exist? Assuming"that Europe continues to offer the best place for examining globalmedia processes", Papathanassopoulos and Negrine discuss in depththe homogenization process, offering evidence and data as to thestructure of the European media systems, the role of newtechnologies and the policies that the European Union isimplementing to facilitate the integration process. Anindispensable book for all those who are interested in knowingwhere the European mass media are going.'
Paolo Mancini, Università di Perugia

'This book is commendable in that it covers the entire breadthof the European communications policy agenda and links it to moretheoretical discussions of the public sphere, making it an easilyaccessible one-stop shop for the study of Europeancommunications.'
Alison Harcourt, University of Exeter

'Two veteran watchers of the evolving European media landscapehave put together a comprehensive and coherent account succinctlyand clearly. It is especially strong in historical and politicaleconomic sense, but above all informative, relevant and as up todate as can ever be achieved at one moment. Strongly recommended asa text.'
Dennis McQuail, Emeritus Professor, University ofAmsterdam

'When two distinguished professors from different poles of thecontinent combine to produce a study of European media then theprospects are inviting. The product here amply fulfils the promise,Stylianos Papathanassopoulos and Ralph Negrine bringing to readersdeep knowledge of similarities and differences across Europeannations as well as an understanding of common problems andopportunities. Above all, Europe matters in the globalizing worldwe inhabit, and this book reveals how and why.'
Frank Webster, City University, London

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Meet the Author

Stylianos Papathanassopoulos is Professor of Communication and Media Studies at the National University of Athens.

Ralph M. Negrine is Professor of Political Communication at the University of Sheffield.

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Table of Contents

Detailed Table of Contents
Figures and Tables
Abbreviations
Acknowledgements
1 Introduction: The Media in the European Context
Part I: The Political Economy of Media in Europe
2 The Structure of (Old) Media in Europe
3 The New Media in Europe
Part II: The Europeanization of the European Media
4 Europeanizing the Media of Europe
5 The Question of Content: Quality, Availability and Production
6 Audiences and Consumption
Part III: Europe as a Cultural and Political Project
7 Public Communication in Europe:
8 Media and European Identity
9 Conclusions
References
Appendix
Index
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